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Poster: Hal R Date: Aug 20, 2010 1:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Early era 'news' question for ya...

You mentioned that with the Dead "Perhaps they catered to people with peculiar tastes...". That was part of it but also they appealed to those outside the mainstream, the outsiders, the kids that didn't fit in, the poets, the thinkers, the readers, the bikers, the counterculture. You didn't have to be good looking or have the right clothes or car and none of that mattered. We all found a safe refuge where we could be ourselves with others being themselves and accept each other for what we were. If you were a freak you could fit in with the other freaks. A huge breath of fresh air. Because the band was all a bunch of misfits too. I think this changed in the 80's, when the odd or unique kids still got turned on to the band but more of the mainstream came in.